22 October 2020

 

Assumption   

SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS 
OF THE GOSPEL (Matthew 15:21-28)

1. Having met with rejection from the Pharisees, Jesus goes to Gentile territory and encounters unexpected faith in the Canaanite woman. His mission had previously been to his own people, so this now adds a new dimension to his mission. Have you had occasions when a chance encounter set your life off in a new direction?

2. The initial reaction of Jesus to the woman was one of rejection, but her persistence won a response from him. When have you found that persistence was needed to gain what you sought? What did that experience teach you?

3. In our days, welcoming the stranger is a challenge – we are more comfortable with our own. What difference has it made when you were able to offer a friendly, welcoming face to a stranger?

4. Who are the ‘Canaanite women’ who call out for attention today – people in Church or State whose needs are not being attended to?

- John Byrne OSA, Intercom August 2020

Almighty and everlasting God, You have taken up body and soul into the
heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son: Grant, we  
beseech You, that, ever intent upon heavenly things, we may be worthy to be

partakers of her glory. Through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, who lives
and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

NO PUBLIC MASSES FOR 2 WEEKS

New measures announced by the taoiseach, Míchéal Martin, on Frdiay 20th. August  2020 mean that the public celebration of mass will be suspended throughout counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly for a period of at least 2 weeks to guard against the spread of coronavirus in the community. While Tullamore and Durrow churches will remain closed, mass will continue to be available on our webcam page. Funeral masses during this period will be restricted to a maximum number of 25 people.

REMEMBERING OUR BELOVED DEAD 
Sunday 16th. should have been one of the biggest occasions in our Parish when we would have been remembering our dead and their families with Mass and Blessing of Graves taking place in Clonminch Cemetery.  However it was not meant to be.  So today, in our own special way, we remember all of our loved ones gone before us. We remember too, all those who have no one to pray for them.

ASSISTANT EDITOR(S) REQUIRED

Would you like to help with the editing and publishing of Tullamore Parish website? We would love to hear from people in our area who would be free to volunteer for 1 - 3 hours weekly to assist in updating our website. You DO NOT need to know how to build a website, but a basic level of computer literacy is required. If you would like to find out more please send your contact details to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

Saturday next, 15th. is the Feast of the Assumption.  The Mass times will be at 10:00 am and 1:10pm on our webcam only.

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM: Baptisms have recommenced and booking can now be made at the Parish Office. 

CONFESSIONS: Confessions will be from 2.00 - 3.00pm on Saturdays. 

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary. 

“WOMAN, YOU HAVE GREAT FAITH.”

It takes faith to hear God’s call in our lives. And His call takes us on unexpected paths of deeper trust and love. Is God calling you to a life as a priest or sister, speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES

A new pilgrimage on Lough Derg's lakeshore - Walk and Pray in the Lough Derg tradition on 16, 18, 22, 26 & 30 August. At times in the 1600s and 1700s when Station Island was closed by the Penal Laws, pilgrims undertook a form of pilgrimage on the lough shore. Walk in their footsteps. Contact 0719861518 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details. Numbers are limited.  Advance booking essential.

MASS INTENTIONS   

<Click Here> for the full list of Mass Intentions to be celebrated this week.

PARISH COLLECTIONS - THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

Envelopes €1256.00

You can donate to the parish in a number of ways:-  Click Here to see how.

The parish wishes to thank you most sincerely for your continued support.

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Ph 0818 222 024, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily.

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE

BTTC is offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph 0579353177/9353441, 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL

Youth 2000 Summer Festival is Ireland's largest Catholic Youth event, but this year, for the first time, it will be streamed live on the 14th-16th of August.  Hear talks and workshops from some of the best Catholic speakers from Ireland and around the world. Youth 2000 Ireland's motto is 'Youth leading Youth to the Heart of the Church' and we do this by leading  Eucharistic-centred festivals, retreats and prayer meetings throughout the country.

Register FREE at www.youth2000.ie/summerfestival2020